Empty Stocking creeps past $10 grand


Staff report



There are five new gifts to the Empty Stocking Fund, each one for $50, meaning each will be matched by a $50 gift from an anonymous benefactor.

The gifts push the Fund up to $10,050 with just more than two weeks to make contributions. We know that contributions pick up the closer we get to the deadline to constribute, but we encourage people who plan to give to do so as soon as possible as that gives staff at the Department of Social Services time to get the $50 vouchers to the needy families.

There are 1,950 children qualified to receive help from the Fund, and it appears unlikely we can raise the money to serve them all. But let’s check as many as possible off of Santa’s list.

Checks can be mailed to the Empty Stocking Fund, 2175 Roberts Ave., Lumberton, N.C., 28358, or a donation can be delivered in person. As in the past, we will publish photographs with gifts of $500 or more when that request is made. To give yourself the best chance of that photograph appearing on page 1A, get your donation in early.

The vouchers can be redeemed at Roses, either the Lumberton store or the one in Fairmont.

Previous total ….. $9,800

34. Maryellen O’Brien ………………………….$50

35. Sandra Lewis ………………………………….$50

36. In memory of Ernie Blake and with thanks to my bridge three: Barbara, Libba, and Gretchen, from Peggy McLean ……$50

37. Anonymous …………………………………….$50

38. Gardenette’s …………………………………..$50

New total …………………………………..$10,050

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